Fitting new skirting boards may well rev; that the floor is not completely level, bi most irregularities can be hidden by liftii the board slightly and covering the result gap with carpet and underlay, or by nailing thin or quarter-circle beading along the of the skirting so that it touches the floor-
Once the mouldings have been cut length, drill and countersink screw ho. at roughly 60cm (2ft) intervals. FI the moulding in position along the guc line, and mark the locations of the he-on the walls.
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Set aside the moulding, drill into the v. with a masonry bit, and insert plastic plu that will take 45mm (1Z in) counters 3 Use mitred joints at external corners cutting at 45 degrees; mitre the ends of lengths joining along was screws. In modern houses, or where the layout of an old house has been changed, the walls may be made from stud partitioning and plasterboard. Where this is the case, you will either have to screw into the timber framing, as above, locating this by tapping along the wall and noting where it sounds less hollow, or you will have to use cavity fixings. It is also possible to buy mouldings in kit form with special fixing clips that allow you to slot the rail into place.
Where two lengths of moulding meet at an internal angle, make a butt joint by drawing the profile of the moulding onto the back of the length that will go on the second wall, at the end that is to be fitted into the corner. Cut carefully along the line with a coping saw, then fit the cut end tightly against the face of the rail on the first wall.
At external corners, use a 45-degree mitre block to cut an angled joint between the two lengths. If the moulding will not fit into the block, mark the cutting line on the face, and continue this along the edge at a 45-degree angle. You can do this accurately by using a combination square, or by drawing a square on the edge where one corner joins up with the line on the face, and making a diagonal cutting line from this point to the opposite corner. Follow both cutting lines as you saw through. Mitred cuts should also be made when joining two straight lengths of moulding. Any small gaps in joints can usually be hidden with wood filler.
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